Panama City Beach
With very few exceptions, Florida is a flat state, perfect for those of us traveling on the level. Throw in a festival or four and there's even more reason to visit. Consider lower rates, cooler weather and fewer bugs and it's nigh on irresistible.
Now add food to the equation. That's what the Gulf coast - our west coast - does this season. Here are a few foodie fests to consider.
Note: Check to see if times are Eastern or Central.
Sept. 25-27: Pensacola Seafood Festival.
Oct. 2-4: Destin Seafood Festival.
Oct. 2-3: Oktoberfest, Panama City.
Oct. 3: Blue Jeans & BBQ, Hayes Ranch, Milton, $15.
Oct. 9-10: Festa Italiana, Sons of Italy Lodge, Fort Walton Beach.
Oct. 9-10: St. George Island Oyster Spat Festival.
Oct. 9-11: Panama City Beach Seafood, Wine & Music Festival.
Oct. 16-18: Annual Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival, Niceville.
Oct. 17: Mexico Beach Art & Wine Festival, $10.
Nov. 5-8: Taste of THE Beach, progressive festival through Destin Harbor, Panama City Beach, Seaside and Miramar; prices vary by event.
Nov. 6-7: Florida Seafood Festival, Apalachicola.